Electrolysis business opens in Greencastle

October 16, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - One of Greencastle's newest businesses deals with a medically approved procedure that was first used in 1869 in St. Louis, Mo.

Betty E. Geyer opened her electrolysis office in July above ELM Shoes on the northeast corner of Center Square in Greencastle, the reality of a longtime dream for the 47-year-old Hagerstown resident.

Electrolysis, according to Geyer's brochure, is the safe removal of unwanted hair using a tiny metal probe that is inserted into the hair follicle and charged with a small amount of electric current. Depending on the technique, the hair root is destroyed by heat or chemical action, or both. The procedure, though tedious for practitioner and patient, is relatively painless.


"It's the only medically approved method of permanent hair removal," Geyer said. "It's not painful depending on a person's pain tolerance level. I try to make things quiet and relaxing for patients. I want my office to have the same atmosphere as a professional doctor's office," she said.

The office, a converted second-floor apartment, is clean, efficient and soothing, thanks to classical music.

Geyer earned her certificate at the Maryland Institute of Electrology. She completed the nine-month program in June 1997. She opened her office in Greencastle because she wanted a location with little or no competition.

The new business was a career change for Geyer. Before this she was a phlebotomist, working in the lab at Washington County Hospital. She learned that technology at Hagerstown Business College.

Throughout her adult life Geyer has had a penchant for dealing with and helping people, a trait illustrated by her other career - waitressing. She still works part-time at the Red Horse Steak House in Hagerstown.

"I keep doing it because I enjoy people," she said.

She turned to electrology after her own experience.

"I had some hair removed from my face and it made me feel good about myself. I thought I could make others feel the same way," she said.

Geyer said most of her patients are women, including many who are elderly who want facial hair removed.

"No woman feels good about facial hair," she said.

Electrolysis is done mainly for cosmetic purposes, although some patients are referred for treatment by dermatologists, she said. She also treats women seeking smoother arms and legs or those who want a clean bikini line, she said.

"I don't do private parts of the body," she said.

She said business is improving all the time. Her goal is to get to the point where she will have to hire another electrologist, she said.

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